Native American Indians
A Little Background History
LONG BEFORE the white man set foot on American soil,
the American Indians, or rather the Native Americans, had been
living in America. When the Europeans came here, there were probably
about 10 million Indians populating America north of present-day Mexico.
And they had been living in America for quite some time. It is believed
that the first Native Americans arrived during the last ice-age,
approximately 20,000 - 30,000 years ago through a land-bridge across the
Bering Sound, from northeastern Siberia into
Alaska. The oldest documented Indian cultures in North America are
Sandia (15000 BC), Clovis (12000 BC) and Folsom (8000 BC)
So, when the Europeans started to arrive in the 16th-
and 17th-century they were met by Native Americans, and
enthusiastically so. The Natives regarded their white-complexioned
visitors as something of a marvel, not only for their outlandish dress
and beards and winged ships but even more for their wonderful technology
- steel knives and swords, fire-belching arquebus and cannon, mirrors,
hawkbells and earrings, copper and brass kettles, and so on.
To read more about the history of the Native American Indian visit www.nativeamericans.com. You may also want to visit http://anglais-lp.ac-rouen.fr/activites/activites_fichiers/American_Indians/americanindians_INDEX.htm
Now that you know a little about the history of relations between the Native American Indian and Europeans or "the White man," you are now ready to begin dividing up the tasks.
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